How To Stop Internet Explorer Opening Office Documents In The Browser

By default, Internet Explorer opens Excel and Word files within the browser window. This can be annoying if you want to work with them in the real applications. To get IE to always open these files using the correct application:

– click Start >> Control Panel >> Folder Options
– click on the File Types tab
– find the XLS file type in the list and click on it
– click on the Advanced button
– uncheck the “Browse in same window” option
– click OK to close the Edit File Type dialog
– find the DOC file type and repeat the above three steps
– click OK to close the Folder Options dialog


  1. I don’t know much about Windows scripting, but I’m sure it’s possible somehow. If someone would like to email me a script to do this, I’ll happily add it to this page.

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